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, there is a substantial potential for a terrorist attack at the sochi games. so how did a russian beach side resort become the site for the games in the first place? tonight a whistleblower with a price on his head makes startling allegation about shady deals to abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross in our exclusive "olympic gold olympic greed." >> reporter: this year's winter olympics could have been held in the austrian alps with its storied villages. >> or in this popular ski resort, a snowboarder's paradise. instead, the international olympic committee chose a subtropical russian city on the black sea, famed for its summer beaches, but one of the few places in russia that rarely gets snow. and that's the least of this city's problems. while sochi is known for its palm tree ins stoefd snow, there's a blizzard of allegations of unsavory ties to organized crime figures, official corruption and islamic terrorists who have threatened to attack here. all of which raises the question why the international olympic committee chose sochi in the first place. has olympic greed become more important t
about security as weather, tv rights, accommodations and traffic. with the winter games in sochi just a few weeks ago and the recent bloody terror attacks just a few weeks ago, president vladimir putin know the threats are high and real and there are a number of groups who would like to put putin's pride and joy in a world humiliation. >>> russian security forces killed islamist leader, a senior insurgent suspected in leading numerous attacks on russian target. >> what has happened in the run up olympics is proof of a hard line approach 1234 the shootout comes at a time when the russian leader faces intense international pressure over rising security concerns at the sochi olympic games next month. he spoke about the situation last friday. >> we provide security for guests of the olympic games, and we're going to do everything for them. >> the collapse of the soviet union in the early 1990's reignited movements in the caucasus region. check knee i can't has seen two wars and violence has spilled over. putin led the second war against chechen separatists in 1999, thousands were killed.
for decades, now the winter olympic games in this sochi are just weeks away, and terrorist threats on the "inside story." ♪ >>> hello, i'm ray suarez. the olympic games gather athletes, heads of state and celebrities from around the world along with hundreds of thousands of spectators, even the somewhat winter games offer a tempting target to killers who want to get the world's attention and make a political point. palestinians knew it, and in the modern age every host city has had to worry as much about security as weather, tv rights, accomodations and traffic. with the winter games just a few weeks ago, putin's russia knows the steaks are high and the threats are real. a number would like to make this into a world wide humiliation. in a surprise raid in a home in dagestan tuesday, russians killed an islamist military leader, suspected in leading numerous attacks on russian targets. >> translator: what is happening now is proof of a hard line approach. >> the shootout comes at a time when vladimir putin faces intense international pressure over rising security concerns next mont
the sochi olympics, a threat of more attacks by a group that now says it was behind recent deadly suicide bombings. >>> why now? some are asking after a new jersey mayor comes forward to accuse aides of governor chris christie of trying to shake her down. >>> demand for justice by those who believe a 14-year-old boy was wrongly convicted of murder and executed seven decades ago. >>> and they're back. the bobsled team from a place with no ice. the return of the jamaicans. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening. we begin with an ominous new terror threat against next month's winter olympic games in sochi, russia. with thousands of athletes, journalists and spectators from the u.s. and around the world soon arriving in sochi, today, a well-known islamic militant group claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings that killed 34 people last month in the city of volgograd. and they vowed more attacks, making specific mention of the olympics and the tourists who will come for the games. our chief foreign c
than two weeks away, security concerns playing the sochi olympics. so how real are the threats? and feeling the obamacare heat as mid-terms approach, vulnerable democrats are running against the unpopular law. will their strategy work? >> welcome to "the journal editorial report." president obama causing a firestorm this week with his comments on marijuana. telling the new york magazine, quote, as has been documented i smoked pot as a kid and i strew as a bad habit and a vice not different from the cigarettes i smoked as a young person through a big chunk of my adult life. i don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol, end quote. the president called the colorado and washington legalization experiments important for society. he said he is troubled poor kids are likely to get locked up for smoking pot than their middle class counterparts. here to sort through the president's claims our "wall street journal" columnist 1k3* political by reeditor and columnist mary anastasia o'grady. he thinks marijuana should be legalized. how do you read it? >> that's a correct interpretation.
. as concern grows over terrorist threats against the upcoming winter olympic games in sochi, opening ceremony again just 17 days away now. tonight there's word that one of the suspected terrorists has already been taken out. we have two reports beginning with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel in moscow tonight. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. on the one hand, russia says that there is no security problem, that everything is under control. but it also says that several suicide bombers are on the loose, many of them women. ♪ >> reporter: the olympic torch headed closer to sochi today. russian officials worried terrorists are trying to race there too. and that even the torch relay itself could be a target. over the next three days, very specific intelligence and six specific suspects seen in new wanted posters. potential suicide bombers russia says, hunting for targets. one is likely dead already, killed in this gunfight on saturday. but the others, police suspect the two men may be somewhere in southern russia. and the three surviving women, one of them ma
weather in the united states or london or athens or sochi become a principal concern for policymakers around world because the olympics become such a target rich environment for terrorist groups including those that have designed not just globally but locally and regionally. the security concerns in sochi are even greater and more justified, let me explain why. terrorist groups led by the caucuses but not solely, and central asian groups, have the clear intent to disrupt the sochi olympics or to embarrass the russians in a particular vladimir putin who has so personalized the olympics and the success of them. and the past summer, very clear about the desire to have major at tax or major disruptions, significantly in july, a punitive than, and softer targets, transportation hubs, civilian sites, desire to engage in these attacks as seen through their video postings, blogs and communications so the intent is clear and it would have been obvious even absent their open declarations but the open declarations made it clear for authorities. they also have the capability. you have seen that w
-- expensive ski lifts and high tension in sochi. france -- average earners and public showers in paris. and croatia -- oil platforms versus nature protection off the coast. it's only a few weeks now before the olympic winter games kick off in sochi in southern russia. they are russia toss first-ever winter games, and they are president vladimir putin's pet project. building the infrastructure costs roughly 40 billion euros. the idea is to establish sochi as a winter sports hub, but the city's geographical location might hamper that plan. it's not far away from the northern caucasus, an islamist suicide bombers from the region have been carrying out terrorist attacks all across russia or years. that's why the organizers of the sochi olympic games are stepping up security even further. click the mountains surrounding sochi have been turned into a high-security zone. tens of thousands of soldiers and police are on duty. security cameras are everywhere in the city. fears of a terrorist attack are high. but most of sochi's residents have other worries. this family used to live from there ve
. games.g the olympic in russia, anti-terror operations are being carried out in an attempt to make sochi safe. is technology a friend or foe of musicians? whyght, one artist explains some services are hitting a sour note. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also around the globe. right now, international diplomats are gathering in switzerland for a conference aimed at ending the conflict in syria. they're meeting comes amidst claims that syrian government forces are guilty of torturing and executing prisoners. that is what three former war crimes prosecutors, omission by qatar, say in a new report. the syrian government has denied the abuse. tonight, we have full coverage. we start with paul wood. a warning, his report contains some graphic images. people of thousands of have disappeared in serious jails. many were tortured to death, say the opposition. it is proof, they say. a library of disturbing images. it is a catalog of some 11,000 deaths in custody. this has been called industrial- scale torture. the administration denies it, but to view these pictures i
big stories. new terror concerns for everyone heading to the sochi olympic games. weeks before they begin, cnn obtained an ominous video from terrorists at the heart of the concern. back in this country, another allegation against governor chris christie's office." the mayor of hoboken said the mayor withheld relief funds after superstorm sandy. details on both stories start now. >>> we begin with breaking news out of russia and that terror tape. here is what the new threat says in part. quote, as for your olympics, something that you really want, we prepared a present for you. you do your business and we'll do ours. we prepared a present for you and all tourists who come over, end quote a video online shows two men who claim to be the suicide bombers behind one of last month's bloody bombings in volgograd, russia. the video is adding to fear russia won't be able to stop a terror attack. phil, give us more about this video and how it was uncovered. >> reporter: fred, so this video shows two men who claimed credit for the bombing in volgograd who killed 21 people on the 30th of
>>> good morning, and welcome to a special edition of "this week" from sochi, russia. olympics on edge. breaking overnight, new terror threats against the games. we'll get the latest from brian ross and the congressional chairman tracking olympic security. >>> plus soaring costs and krups -- corruption, a global uproar over the aebt-gay law s. and big challenges ahead. if they protest, will they be free from prosecution? this morning, vladimir putin only on "this week." >>> and president obama reveals the nsa reforms -- >>> and is the worst over for chris christie or is the scandal spreading? the powerhouse roundtable takes it all on this sunday morning. >>> hello, again, i'm just back from the interview with president putin at the site of the sochi olympics. breaking news on the biggest challenge of the games, the threat of a terrorist attack. our chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here with us with the latest. we have seen overnight the video from those responsible they say for the bombings in russia just last month. >> that's right, george. it's a martyrdom vide
olympics games in sochi, russia, while the modern olympics are a mosty television event and few get to attend the games in person, those who will attend, ranging from athletes to families and media and spectators are watching it closy as each day russia continues to promise a heavily defended fortress around these games. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has more from sochi. >> reporter: good evening, brian, we are now inside that fortress, inside the ring of steel around sochi. today, the u.s. olympic team confirmed that it had received a threatening e-mail in broken english, warning athletes not to come here. the threat, however, is not considered credible. but it is getting some attention because there are real security concerns. security in sochi is out in full force. looking for trouble, before it happens. and hidden in the mountains, the russian army has deployed artillery and rockets to shoot down a 9/11-style attack. in public, russian officials have expressed nothing but confidence. but they may be more concerned than they let on. otherwise, why the discussions
concerns at next month's olympics in sochi, russia. then, tony perkins, and later, a portion from the republican national committee's recent meeting in washington, d.c., including a panel of the so- called rnc rising stars. next, a discussion about the upcoming winter olympics in sochi, russia, and the security concerns surrounding the games. this is a little over one hour. >> good morning and welcome. we will confine all questions about richard sherman until after the briefing. thank you for being here this morning. we have some weather coming into washington so it is good to have such an excellent turnout. this is obviously a very timely briefing and we will get to it. i'm joined by my colleagues dr. andrew kutchins and jeff minkoff. juan was the deputy security advisor in the bush administration, a key arson on counterterrorism and many other issues. -- a key person on counterterrorism and many other issues. we will open it up to your questions. thank you for coming. >> good morning, everybody. as andrew said, you braved the rumor of a snowflake in washington, d.c. later today
handly, headed to sochi tomorrow for coverage of the games. tonight, with we have a closer look at the security for the spectators and the athletes headed for the games, and how it is looking >>> the winter olympics are now less than two weeks away, but concerns about security are to put something of a shadow over t the sporting events. jim handly is preparing to fly to sochi and he updates us with the safety. >> well, right now, president vladimire putin says that he has a steel of rings around it. there are drones and warships and all ready to be deployed just in case. and the officers will be in plain sight to make sure that the athletes and the speck tato are safe. and the militant extremists have made multiple threats to attacks, and fears of terrorism have led to fewer tickets, but the organizers say that the games are ready. >> the russians have done everything in terms of deployment of people. >> i'm very confident that the villages are among the safest places in russia right now, and i'm also extremely confident in the way that our security agencies have prepared for th
. nbc's richard engel has more from sochi. >> reporter: we are now in sochi with just about one month to go before this city will host the winter olympics and security concerns have already started to overshadow these games. there have been two recent terrorist attacks not here in sochi but a few hundred miles away and the biggest concern is that militants from the north caucasus will try and carry out attacks perhaps not right in this area, because this area already is very secure and will be even more scour in the lead up to the games, officials assure us, but perhaps somewhere else in this very broad country. another concern is the criticism taking place in russia, particularly that these games have been so expensive. already $50 billion for all of the infrastructure required for these games. this city was not considered a winter resort in the past. people came here, in fact, to spend their summers, but vladamir putin, who was in that stadium, that hockey stadium just the other day, showing that this country is ready, that the games will be safe, decided that he wanted to have it i
in sochi get under way next week and the heritage foundation yesterday held a discussion looking at u.s.-russia relations. senator ted cruz of texas one of those speaking at the event, accusing the obama administration of allowing russia to expand its influence in the world. this is an hour and a half. >> all right, if everyone will take their seats. we already have one panelist doing interviews, but you've already talked to him so you can talk to him when he gets here. ok. to anyone who just came in on the streaming video, welcome to the heritage foundation. i'm dr. steve bucci. i'm the director of the allison center for foreign and national security policy. we have part two of our russia event today. we retreated a little earlier to a great trio of speakers who laid down a foundation as to what's going on in russia and what it may mean. now we have four more speaks that are are going to go a little bit shorter than the others and then get a little more time for q&a, i hope. i'm going to give very short introductions and then let them use u
affecting tens of millions of customers. >>> as the opening ceremony for the winter games in sochi gets closer, sports are moving further and further from the limelight. the issue on most people's mind is security. many are worried an attack in sochi is inevitable. russian authorities are going to great lengths to prevent any such incident from happening. richard engel has more from sochi. >> reporter: the sochi games are rapidly becoming the security games. with the number of threats steadily increasing, at least three now issued on the internet, and five suspected suicide bombers still missing. sochi, a former soviet retreat by the black sea, has become a guarded fortress. but the threat doesn't come from here. it comes from less than 1,000 miles away from dagestan, a muslim republic with an old independent streak. and a growing problem of islamic extremism. russian special forces conduct counterterrorism raids here, and maybe more. in the run-up to the olympics, young muslim men in dagestan have been disappearing. according to human rights groups, subjected to horrific abuse. >> it's
] the american flag with lee greenwood's (bleep). the games are being held in sochi, russia, and it turns out that might not have been the best choice. >> a town best known as a beach resort. it's in the warmest place of russia on the black sea. >> those are palm trees next to the brand new speed skating arena. it's a russian club med. it's like holding the international bacon festival in iran. what possible justification did russia have to pick sochi? sochi is one of president putin's favorite vacation spots. >> that's what i love about russian corruption they don't even try to hide it. the only thing in russia more exposed than their corruption is the president's nipples. [ laughter ] but what is important is that the olympics are a celebration of the human spirit and a showcase of world unity. >> three countries get e-mails warning ever a terrorist threat at the sochi winter olympic games. >> sochi 350 miles from terror hotbed chechnya. >> 250 miles from chechnya? even tripadvisor now that was a bad idea. [laughter] what is the big deal? i'm sure serving going to be fine. >> the u.s. mili
.s. officials say the terror threat level in sochi is higher than for any previous olympics. will russia accept u.s. help to keep athletes and visitors safe? >> reporter: there's been this conversation between president obama and vladimir putin in which security was discussed. the most senior military leaders between the two countries are talking, potentially even discussing sharing equipment. but while all of these conversations are happening here in sochi, security is very tight. >>> important breaking news, reports of a possible shooting on the campus of the university of oklahoma. the university of oklahoma police say that -- they are telling us that there are reports of a possible shooting. the university twitter account says that the shooting on campus -- avoid gould hall, seek immediate shelter in place. we'll bring you more information as we have it. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington, where along the east coast there's an arctic blast, bringing temperatures expected to last into next week. and yesterday's storm left behind a record snowfall up and down the seaboard. today'
is in sochi. >>> and the thrill of victory. the nfl star who is inspiring so many by breaking the sound barrier. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. after huge and widespread leaks of sensitive information exposed an equally widespread data mining operation by the nsa, the nation's spy agency in washington, after much deliberation the president today decided to talk about how the operation works and how it should work. while he defended the techniques the government uses to protect its citizens and said there's no evidence of an abuse of power, he is calling for changes. it likely will not be enough for those who say these leaks have been proof that we have traded away our privacy in the electronic age. it's where we begin tonight with our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: today the president took the short trip from the white house to the justice department to issue new orders for the spy agency. even while saying they've broken no laws. >> there are fewer and fewer technical constraints on what we can do. that places a special obligation on us
as a black widow who may try to sabotage the sochi games. mark phillips reports on the threats. here it comes again! a new round of snow and frigid weather. meteorologist eric fisher tells us how bad it's going to get. ambassador caroline kennedy blasts dolphin hunting in japan, calling it inhumane. seth doane on the growing controversy. >> one, two, three, four! dooubs and michelle miller introduces us to a music teacher who was nominated for a grammy for helping troubled kids find their voice. >> you never give up? >> no, never, never, never. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> dubois: good evening, scott is off tonight, i'm maurice dubois. russia and the u.s. are taking action tonight after new terror threats were made against the winter olympics cbs news has learned russian investigators are looking around sochi for the widow of an islamic militant who was killed last year. the woman has vowed revenge. david martin has confirmed the u.s. military has plans to put transport planes in european bases on alert and is deploying two navy ships to the
in sochi russia are just 10 days away. one of the big stars from the last games was gold met her when her figure skater evan lysacek. winner figure skater evan lysacek. thank you for being here. you are going to sochi but not competing in sochi. why? >> unfortunately, a couple of months ago my life changed quite drastically. the incredible torque and pounding of my sport caught up with my body and i was forced to suspend my training for sochi. that has obviously been a lot for me to process what i am going to sochi regardless with nbc and "the today show." i am also going to work with several of my sponsors, one of them being citi which is one of the reasons i am here today, to talk about my partnership with them and the every step of the way program, working to raise funds and awareness for figure skating in harlem. >> let's talk about figure skating in the context of vancouver 2010. what went right for you? how did it feel? been preparing for that moment my entire life. that is just a small part of what makes the olympics so incredible and powerful. the olympic aims has always been fasc
torture and killing of detainees. security throats in sochi. the hunt is on right now for black widows who may be targeting the winter olympics. and a winter storm causing lots of problems already. look at these pictures covering the mid-atlantic and the northeast. >> a crucial meet something about to take place. the syrian government and the opposition are preparing to meet face to face for the first time tomorrow. they will try to find a way to end nearly three-year-old civil war. that conflict has killed agreem. they represent those who have been killed and tortured, and those who want to see an end to the conflict. the regime, i'm not so sure. they believe they're winning. >> reporter: two decades ago the u.n. was struggling to stop bloodshed in the balkans. peace talks halted the violence but one key figure, the foreign minister, now fierce they save a dilemma. >> they will face an unfavorable set of options. the expedited solution that probably does not address the furor one that allows the conflict to continue with all the killing and ethnic cleansing that is underway right now with
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. >> let's switch gears a bit now, talk about security at the sochi olympics. let's take a listen to your colleague from the intelligence committee, congressman peter king in an interview this morning. >> this is a dangerous situation. hopefully things will work out. but it's nowhere near ideal. i can't emphasize enough the russians have not been cooperative as far as sharing intelligence. again, the greeks did, the chinese did, the brits did, the russians did not. and that's dangerous. >> do you agree, the russians aren't sharing their intelligence? >> they're not sharing intelligence the way we would like them to, the way they should. on the other hand, it's not a big surprise. we don't have the same kind of relationship with them that we have the british and with other nations. even with the chinese. so it's not all that much of a surprise at the moment. particularly when you consider the fallout after the boston bombing and the finger pointing about the fact that russians should have provided us more information that would have led us to potentially chase down leads before that traged
he -- at the black sea resort of sochi. he said protesters may seek permission from local authorities for demonstrations and marches from january 7 until march 21. the ban on rallies in sochi was criticized by human rights groups. winter athletes continue to search for form as the games approach, including ski jumpers at the four hills tournament. on saturday, the third leg in in his brook, austria, came to an abrupt end because of high wind austria,ird leg in came to an abrupt end because of high wind. at lead to a surprise finish. led to a surprise finish. >> the finn secured his first win. facing a dangerous and unpredictable conditions. that left only the first-round scores on the board, enough for simon ament to keep his hopes -- simon ammann to keep his hopes of an overall win alive. now 10 points behind the overall leader, thomas d tart -- thomas diethart from austria. richard was down in 11. the prestigious tournament now moves on for its fourth and final leg. >> getting back to the sochi olympics. the german team is hoping for a big haul of medals across the sledding events.
want to be on the look out for this. a bbc reporter went to a sochi barm and discovered two toilets side by side in the same stall. he tweeted out this picture from the olympic cross-country biathalon center. it's hit on social media as well. right now, that tweet has 1400 re-tweets and 300 favorites. no word yet if the twin commodes will be removed. >> that has wrong written all over it. think you're pretty good at picking the ncaa tips in the playoffs? if you get them right you could win a billion bucks, a joint venture between warren buffet and quicken loans. any who correctly calls them wins 40 annual installments of $25 million. winners can also choose to receive a 25$2500 million lump m payment immediately or share in that payment if more than one perfect bracket is submitted. the odds of that are pretty much nil. >> yeah. good luck. >>> snow, ice and below freezing weather didn't stop thousands of people from taking to the national mall today. we'll take you there. >>> extreme danger on our roads as soon as the sun sets within the hour, temperatures will drop like a rock and
an olympian - the creative ways athletes are raising money to get to sochi. >> good morning. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford. ukrainian protesters are not interested in working out a deal with the government. they are back out standing their ground. president viktor yanukovych offered to make the leader of the opposition his prime minister, but the protesters said, "no thanks." jennifer glasse has the latest from kiev. >> in the heart of the capital ukrainians besiege the lenin museum. police inside were waiting to ambush the demonstration. >> this is the latest unrest of the with demonstrations spreading across the nation, president viktor yanukovych meets with opposition leaders. he is offering to share power. snoolt for the three opposition leaders, they said "no deal." >> our clear position is to rescind the laws. >> translation: our demands are to hold presidential elections this year. and we are not stepping back. >> they also want the release of dozens of demonstrators detained by the government. on the barricades defiant protesters face police lines. there's litt
armor in sochi. you globally have already heard this story. there is video that was produced by [indiscernible] the caucasusrt of the maybe-aded by alive or maybe-dead [indiscernible] supposedly, this is video of the two suicide bombers who took out -- who conducted the acts in vol gograd. maybe. i don't know. guys,ou look at these they look a little bit like "saturdaygarth in a night live" skit. i wonder if some of this is a hoax conducted by folks. imagine yourself in a dorm room in a university. i don't want to take this lightly at all. but when i look at this, this is the first far ahead. and then the story of the , ruzannaomber ibragimova, who has been spotted , how serious this is is hard to say. but when you read the story, you kind of scratch her head. it says it is unclear whether anygimova was carrying explosives with her. and it is unclear how any terrorists could get into russia's olympic capital in height and security. -- in heightened security. the letter describes ibragimova as somebody who "lips slightly. .er elbow does not bend and she has a scratch on her le
is planning the tightest security in olympic history as it prepares to host the winter games in sochi next month. up next, former deputy national security adviser juan zarate will talk about the geopolitical implications of the game. the center for strategic and international studies is hosting this event morning. this is live coverage on c-span2. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning. good morning, and welcome to the center for strategic and international studies. we'll confine all questions about richard sherman until after the briefing. thank you for being here this morning. we've got some weather coming into washington, so it's great to have such an excellent turnout. this is, obviously, a very timely briefing, and we'll get right to it. i'm joined here by my colleagues from the russia eurasia ram, andy cuppens, who is our -- kuchins and dr. jack mankopf. juan zarate was deputy national security adviser during the bush administration, and is our key person on counterterrorism and many other issues. so with that, i'd like to offer
threats for everyone heading to the sochi olympic games just weeks before the olympics begin cnn obtained threatening video made by terrorist. we're live in russia with the latest. another allegation against governor chris christie's office. >> i can't believe they were doing this. >> militia of hoboken telling cnn christie's office withholding relief funds after superstorm sandy. details on both stories start now. we begin with breaking news of an ominous threat aimed at thousands of tourists set to visit olympic for the olympic games. these men claim to be the suicide bombers who carried out the attack in volgograd, russia, just days from the drive of sochi. phil joins me live, tell us more about this chilling video and how this message was disseminated. >> sure, fred. this video posted to a well-known jihadi forum. in it these men claim responsibility for the acts that took place in volgograd just a few weeks ago in the final days of 2013, the 29th and 309 of december. there were bombings here at a train station, also a trolley bus in all killing 34 people. ominously these people promi
weeks away, juan zarate says have an intent of disrupting the sochi let picks. the former george w. bush official as part of a panel yesterday looking at security and politics of the winter games. this is from the center for strategic and international studies. >> we will confine all questions about richard sherman until after the briefing. thank you for being here this morning. we have some weather coming into washington, sodas great to have such an excellent turnout. a very timelysly briefing. i'm joined by my colleagues from the eurasia program, andrew kuchins. mankoff.jeffrey i'm joined by juan zarate. he was the security advisor under the bush administration. he is a key person on counterterrorism and many other issues. with that, i would like to offer andrew kuchins the microphone. we will have some brief remarks to open up. by our principles here -- we will open it up your questions. thank you for coming. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to csis. as andrew said, we are all glad that you braved the rumors of snowflakes in washington dc later today to come here this morning. it i
over a month now until the winter olympics in sochi. tonight the latest on security concerns after a string of terrorist bombings. and the incredible story of a missing new york man found in d.c. thanks to this photo in a national newspaper. >>> coming up in just a few minutes on sports final, a cold weekend provides some of the hottest nfl action in season. "the washington post" jason reid rips the redskins shake-up. what he wants to see when he joins our round-table. >>> and the wizards with a chance to wake up >>> a his or elementary school destroyed by fire in virginia. pictures and cellphone video show the flames completely engulfing the old colonial beach elementary school this morning. the school was condemned after the 2011 earthquake and was being used for storage. students used temporary trailers on the school site. elementary school students will have the day off tomorrow while school officials decide what to do. >>> the cause of a massive fire at a manhattan high rise that killed a 27-year-old man is still under investigation. 200 new york city firefighters responded to
games in sochi. still to come new controversy on the relay route as the olympic torch makes its way to the olympic games. first, the challenge from both sides of the & the new opposition to president obama's plan to address the nsa spying controversy. >> and another warm day across the bay area. temperatures today back into the upper 60s to low 70s, and even cooler as we head to the upcoming week and we do have a chance of some rain. we'll talk about that as we head through the forecast. >>> well, democrats and republicans did something today they don't do very often. maybe many of them side together against the president. it all has to do with the president's latest statements on nsa and spying. brian moore has the latest. >> reporter: president obama's decision to defend the nsa but rein in its data gathering left a lot of lawmakers wanting more. >> i believe in going after the bad guys, and i realize this is an entirely different level of the bad guys that i went after but you still need checks and balances before you have a government that can run among. >> reporter: some are un
>>> on our broadcast tonight, olympic threats in sochi in russia. tonight they're looking out for terrorists they call black widows. there's a warning that one may already be there. tonight, richard engel on what's being done to protect the games. >>> fighting back against the latest allegations of bullying. did the christie administration really shake down a local mayor holding hurricane sandy recovery funds hostage? >>> states of emergency. frigid temperatures, another big winter storm. and there are worries in several states about having enough fuel to get through it. >>> and the president and pot. barack obama wades into a national conversation about marijuana. "nightly news" begins now. now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. the winter olympic games opening ceremony in sochi, russia, is 18 days away. the russians from vladimir putin down, have been telling the world, in effect, we've got this. despite the very real threat of terrorism, they have been assuring the athletes and tourists and me
the winter olympics. russian officials are on the hunt for a woman who may be poised to strike in sochi, while the u.s. prepares a safety net for americans attending the game. >>> and getting the boot. the nfl hints that a rule change that would kick one play in the nfl hints that a rule change that would kick one play in particular out of the game. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, january 21st, 2014. >>> good morning, good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, this morning, another round of dangerously cold arctic air is moving over the northern united states, and by late today, single digit temperatures and subzero windchills are expected to stretch from the upper midwest to new england and, oh, yes, there's also a snowstorm to deal with. the winter storm advisories and warnings are posted from illinois to new hampshire and there are windchill advisories across the upper midwest. the snow has already started in chicago. heavy snow is forecast from the mid-atlantic to new england. meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station wbz has more
regarding sochi and this was what we expected even with the olympics are located. there are a number of extremists in the area, in particular a group which is probably the most prominent terrorist group in russia. the leader of the group last july announced in a public message that the group would intend to carry out attacks in sochi in connection with the olympics. and we've seen a number of attacks stemming from last fall, suicide bombings in volgograd, that took a number of lives. the tourists are becoming more sophisticated and they're going to school on the repeated disclosure and latest -- terrorists. it's made it much were difficult for us to find them and to address the threats that they pose. so when i look at the threat well to the 9/11, we as a country that i think a great job of addressing some of the form of those that exist in the system and putting together in this nation's sharing architecture that allows us to move information very quickly. i can never know what you don't know. >> the probability of attack now compared to 2001 is, at least for me, a very hard questio
are getting close. exactly four weeks from tonight, the opening ceremony in sochi, but to get to sochi, you've got to go through breckinridge and guess who's in breck inridgbrec? >> janelle joins us from breckinridge, colorado. big trials. >> yes, it's going on right now. called the grand prix. this is one of the qualifying events that determines who will represent team u.s.a. in sochi, russia next month. there are four events going on right now, including a half pipe snowboarding and three brand new events to the olympic games. this qualifier, this event was supposed to take place in lake tahoe this week, but was canceled because of lack of snow and moved here to breckinridge. as you can see, the problem here is too much snow. all the events were actually canceled today because of heavy snow, blustery conditions and zero visibility up on the mountain, but we've got nearly a dozen athletes hoping to compete this weekend. we couldn't even get video of the snowboard half pipe because of the blizzard conditions. sean white is the front-runner again. now, on the women's side, the front-runner i
for the sochi olympics. coming from beyond the grave. these two men in this chilling new video are believed to be the bombers behind the deadly blast in the city last month that killed dozen of people. in this just released video, they are promising something similar for the and cnn just learned the u.s. is taking extraordinary contingency measures here. tell me about what you know. >> brooke, the navy is sending two ships that are going to be posted in the black sea off the coast of russia in case something goes wrong. there have been a lot of security fears over the games. the location of the games in sochi in southern russia is a hard to reach area. the u.s. is deciding just in case something goes wrong and they need to do evacuations, in order to do any of this, they have to get permission from the russian government and as you know, that's always a dicy thing. just in case something happens. >> on the contingency plans, the what if plans. let's talk more about the security situation with mike baker. former covert officer, mike, welcome. >> let me begin with sound yesterday morning. tak
security to enforcement agencies in and around sochi. the u.s. olympic committee is saying they are working with the state department and local russian law enforcement doing what they can to ensure the safety of americans traveling to the games. security documents say she is the widow of another member of the caucuses emrate who was killed. a police wanted poster say she may have arrived in sochi as long as ten days ago. 40,000 police are now deployed in the area. meanwhile the pentagon says if the russians need additional security and americans need evacuation help they will have two naval ships on stand by in the black sea. >>> for the latest we turn to phil ittner live in london. phil at this point it has to be down to the decision, do i stay or do i go? >> yeah, that's right, del. this is a difficult place to get to regardless because of the visa restrictions going into russia, of course with all of the security concerns many people are considering whether or not to go. sochi itself is a high-security zone right now. vladimir putin says he has put up a ring of steel around that area. th
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